The Way We Eat at AGNSW
Food is an integral part of Chinese culture, and it shows in the art: from historical paintings and contemporary works to delicate food wares and artefacts.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales explores it further with The Way We Eat, a new exhibition featuring more than 100 Chinese historical treasures, contemporary pieces, and artefacts related to food and the experience of eating.
Some objects on display date back more than 4000 years, while others are more contemporary creations. There are paintings and traditional artworks alongside porcelain cups, cooking vessels and drink cans.
It's divided into four distinct themes: the processes of how food is made, stored and consumed; how culinary items have evolved over time; the exchange of food and wares through different cultures; and the ritual meanings of food in Chinese culture.
Ultimately, the exhibition explores the importance of food and eating – not just in Chinese culture, but to the human experience more generally.